According to the American Optometric Association: “Vision therapy is a sequence of neurosensory and neuromuscular activities individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to develop, rehabilitate and enhance visual skills and processing.”
Vision therapy may be an excellent option for improving visual abilities for people who struggle with their vision not being clear or comfortable. Symptoms of a vision problem may include: headaches, losing one’s place when reading or rereading lines, eye strain/fatigue, letter reversals, double vision, blurred vision after a short amount of reading, slow reading, and reduced attention span.
Vision therapy, which works to develop and improve vision skills, is similar to physical therapy utilizing therapy techniques with lenses, filters, and prisms to build visual/motor skills. The results vary based on each individual case. Patients of all ages have reported that vision therapy has made reading easier for them and reduced other symptoms. As the task of seeing becomes easier, the brain is better able to comprehend the world around us.
Insurance plans want to ensure they are not paying for anything educational or mere enhancement in nature; therefore, they emphasize the importance of medical necessity and provide stringent guidelines. Many insurance plans specifically exclude “vision therapy” and thus will not cover treatment even if a patient has a medically relevant diagnosis and functional impairment. The cost of each vision therapy session in our office is $70, and monthly payments are offered.